Code Names

by zenquaker

I used to have a blog called Ichabod’s Secret Blog. I never told anyone about it, but I found it very useful for saving my thoughts and venting about work. The problem was that I forgot that I had left it open to search engines. Someone found my blog by doing a web search, and found some things I had written about women at work. One was just my feelings about a relationship I’d had with a woman at work. Another was a random comment I made about a woman I saw at work, but didn’t really know. Neither of these things I would have ever said at work. The first was private, and the second was inappropriate. I just thought I was saying them to myself, but as I mentioned they were found in a web search. Once they were found, they made their way to the executive director’s office at work, and I nearly lost my job.

That had a chilling effect on me blogging for a while, and I went back to paper and pen. But a blog, especially on WordPress, offers more opportunities than a three ring binder and a clip board. So I started this blog. However, having learned my lesson, I have not mentioned a single person’s name at work. I have been trying to keep it kind of vague. Vague only works for so long. It so gets confusing who I’m talking about, that I get confused as to who I am talking about. So I’m going to start giving people code names. So you’ll know that there person I’m talking about in a post this week is the same person I talked about in a post last week, even if you have no idea who that person is.

So I wrote a program that generates random two word code names, like Feeble Face and Iron Smell. Whenever I need one, I will generate ten at random, and pick the one that I think best fits the person it is for. There are 167,670 possible different names, so it should be a while before I run out.